Call for Papers: A One-day Colloquium on the Cloisters Cross

The Cloisters Cross is widely recognised as a masterpiece of late Romanesque art. Carved of walrus ivory, it appeared after World War II in a private collection and was subsequently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The earliest scholarly publications identified it as English, and that probably remains the majority opinion. However, over the years, other attributions have been suggested. What has become clear in the process is that the Cross merits study in the broad intellectual and artistic context of northern Europe, from the Ile de France up to Scandinavia, and England across to Germany.

This call for papers seeks contributions reviewing and extending the debates about the origins and history of the Cloisters Cross. Papers should be no longer than 3000 words (approx. 30 minutes) and should aim to promote discussion. Shorter papers are also welcomed. The intention is to convene in London in 2023. The meeting will be hosted by the British Archaeological Association.

Proposals giving a provisional title and an abstract (max 300 words) should be sent to Cecily Hennessy and Sandy Heslop by Monday 23rd May 2022 at: and